Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP Therapy) delivers excellent non-surgical outcomes for arthritis and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
PRP injections are very popular treatments here in Scottsdale, AZ. As a trend-setting city, the field of regenerative medicine has emerged as the leading edge in healthcare. Composed of key growth factors found in platelets, PRP injections treat soft tissue injuries such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. Celebrity stars, top athletes, and weekend warriors have experienced amazing results with PRP therapy.
What Is The Science of PRP?
Platelets are well known for their ability to stop bleeding, but they are also responsible for much more.
When platelets reach an injury, they release Growth Factors – small proteins that direct the healing process. PDGF, VEGF, and TGF-B are a few of the very important signals that wake up stem cells, increase tissue proliferation, blood vessel formation and alert the immune system to the area.
Platelet Rich Plasma contains 5-10 times as many growth factors than whole blood. It is a purified and concentrated solution of platelets that supercharges the healing process, particularly into areas of low blood flow and degenerative spaces.
How Do You Make PRP?
At your treatment visit, we first draw a small amount of blood from your arm. Then, we then spin the whole blood in a centrifuge to separate it into its constituents – the red blood cells, white blood cells, and the plasma. The plasma goes through a second spin to separate and concentrate the platelets and the PRP is finished.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Work?
Imagine a construction site without a general contractor: lots of different trades without clear direction. That’s what platelets do! They coordinate the other cells, including stem cells where to go and what to do.
Research studies have revealed the concentration of growth factors in PRP therapy has the potential to change the environment of a diseased joint into a healing environment. By enhancing the process of healing, especially in areas where there is little to no blood flow, the tissue that has chronic degenerative changes like osteoarthritis can begin to regenerate. PRP can be injected into and around joints, tendons, scars, and more.
For example, lateral epicondylitis aka tennis elbow. This is a condition that can impact tennis players as the name states but also many other people. There is pain with normal daily activities like gripping, twisting and extension of the hand. This is often a long-lasting pain and discomfort that is resistant to standard anti-inflammatory drugs.
The PRP solution can be mixed with local anesthetic and injected directly into the inflamed tissue under ultrasound guidance. It’s important to understand that the pain associated with the injured area could increase during the first few days after and that is normal. It could be a few weeks before you feel relief from the pain and often require more than one treatment.
Platelet therapy can be utilized to accelerate healing post-surgery for certain injuries and procedures. For example, an athlete who has a completely torn Achilles tendon will need require surgery to repair it. The healing of the Achilles tendon can be improved with PRP therapy immediately after surgery.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with PRP Injections?
Chronic Tendon Injuries
Recent research studies show that PRP therapy is highly effective in treating chronic tendon injuries, and in particular rotator cuff tendinitis. The use of the PRP procedure for other tendon injuries i.e. patellar tendonitis of the knee, and chronic Achilles tendonitis continues to show impressive results.
Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
PRP as a regenerative medicine has grown in scope due to famous celebrities receiving PRP treatment for acute sports injuries. This includes muscle tears and ligament injuries.
PRP injections are being used to treat high profile athletes with sports injuries such as a pulled muscle, a pulled hamstring or knee sprains. PRP therapy accelerates and improves the healing process in these common sports injuries.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sorr in Scottsdale today to see if you may benefit from this therapy.
How long does PRP last?
The most common question that gets asked is how long does a treatment last. PRP therapy continues to work over 3-6 months after the initial injection. Multiple treatments may be required depending upon the condition. This is the healing process. Since drugs wear off over time, such as NSAIDs or a cortisone shot, most people think this also wears off. PRP Prolotherapy actually works over time healing the injury.
At Source of Health, our treatment programs are customized to the individual patient based on their unique situation. No one treatment works for everyone. Putting a care plan together for the patient who is committed to the healing process and resolving their pain will result in a positive synergistic effect versus conventional models of care.
In conclusion, PRP therapy has proven a safe and effective treatment for knee osteoarthritis and many other degenerative conditions. While conventional treatments remain popular, such as NSAIDs, Cortisone, and arthroscopic surgeries, the use of regenerative injections is making a significant impact on the medical community. Patients have seen remarkable results and can live their lives far better without drugs or surgery.
PRP wakes up stem cells
Stem cells live throughout the body and live in a state of rest. When prompted by growth factors, stem cells migrate to the injured area to heal and repair by differentiating into that specific cell type. One of the challenges for the body in chronic joint disease is stem cell depletion. The local stem cells have already been utilized in that area and as time goes by the joint condition worsens. It is not that people are getting older, it is the lack of available stem cells to rejuvenated tissue.
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